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Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
This year I am serving as one of the leaders of the Vision Clinic as part of the Peru Health Outreach Project (PHOP). During my time in Peru, I, along with my colleagues, will be performing vision screenings that will assess a patient's need for glasses and cataract surgery. We hope to be able to give patients glasses for both reading and distance vision as needed. Glasses are very expensive in Peru, so many people are not able to afford to buy them, even if they are necessary to their daily life. Thus, by donating, you will be providing renewed sight to people in need. I understand that it is a lot to ask with there being so many worthwhile causes in need of support, but your generous tax-deductible donation will greatly help to support our 2017 PHOP trip this summer. Thank you!
Please read on for more information about PHOP:
The Peru Health Outreach Project (PHOP) of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is a student led international health outreach organization composed of physicians and health professionals, medical students, nursing students and volunteers with a passion for global health. PHOP was started eight years ago with the goal of delivering basic health care to underserved populations in the Sacred Valley of Peru. What began as a partnership with one clinic in the Sacred Valley has since expanded immensely, now encompassing several health outposts in the Sacred Valley as well as an established clinic in Chincha.
Every summer we return to the Chincha and Sacred Valley communities to provide public health screenings, direct medical care, and education. Volunteers prepare for the trip for the entire preceding year - identifying target communities, developing projects which are both sustainable and beneficial, and raising funds to finance these efforts on the ground in Peru. More specifically, in the urban Chincha community we partner with a clinic built by the Peruvian American Medical Association to provide speciality care, conduct a health fair, and perform a wide variety of educational projects, including sexually transmitted infection and diabetes education. In the more rural environment of the Sacred Valley we provide primary care large-scale screenings, perform eye exams and distribute donated eyeglasses, present educational projects at local schools, and have even held a symposium for local health care workers and physicians. All services are provided free of cost to our patients.
On our 2013 trip, we provided direct care to 1,602 patients, and vision screening and eye glasses donations to over 1500 people. We also donated CPR mannequins for teaching, distributed vitamin A and anti-parasite prophylaxis, and provided dental screenings, toothbrushes and fluoridation. In 2014 and 2015, we concentrated on increasing our sustainability through education for patients, physicians, and local health care workers. Specific areas we targeted were first aid, CPR, diet and nutrition, oral rehydration, sanitation, hand hygiene, dental hygiene, family planning, and physical therapy.
We are in great need of donations to support this year’s trip. Your generous tax-deductible donation will help to support the 2017 PHOP project this summer. Thank you!